This question of why I teach has been on my mind recently. Very simply, I want to affect positive change in young peoples lives. I want our youth to be excited about life and live to their potential. If I can be a catalyst in a students life so they are excited about learning then my professional needs have been met. It sounds kind of egotistical and selfish and I would agree that it is. There are lots of professions that allow us to help others. When I chose to become an educator I had a captive audience and the youngest students (most impressionable I thought) to work my magic with.
Each of us has challenges throughout our lives. All of our past experiences have made each of us who we are today. This does not mean that we have to let the past determine who we are. We also do not have to let go of the past - it is a part of who we are. If life is tough for you physically, mentally, emotionally, or economically, it is up to each one of us to decide that our life can change. Hopefully there will be people that can support us in our challenges. This is not to say that change is easy. It means we have to move forward and not let our past define us.
Our students come to us with things that are beyond their control and certainly beyond ours. Society has been plagued by many terrible things, which are too many to mention here. These sad situations are everywhere - your city and mine-large and small. It is my belief that it is up to us as a society, community, school district and teacher to change for the better, the lives of all of our children. Only then will we be able to live up to our own full potential.
The question, "Why I chose to teach?" is easily summed up by my belief that excellent teachers share the joy of learning with their students. It is what I want to do.